India and Pakistan / Edition 1

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Overview

This first volume in the series looks at a region that is all too often viewed through the prism of European experience: India and Pakistan. Ian Talbot provides a wide-ranging study of nationalism in a non-European context, showing how the 'invention' of modern India and Pakistan drew heavily for inspiration on indigenous values.
 
Analyzing both the effects of colonial rule and the post-colonial aftermath, the book is a readable and up-to-date introduction to the major issues in the contemporary history of the sub-continent and an examination of a recent trend in historical writing to emphasize the extent to which nations are made, not born. The book explores whether the forging of the nation is a matter of conscious manipulation by an elite or guided by more popular imperatives or a combination of the two.  

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Editorial Reviews

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"A thoughtful and up-to-date account that will be of great value to all those interested in the history of nationalism in South Asia."—English Historical Review

"A pithy commentary on the formation of modern national identities in the subcontinent."—Commonwealth and Comparative Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340706336
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Inventing the Nation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,086,745
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Talbot is Reader in South Asian Studies and Director for the Centre for South Asian Studies at Coventry University.

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Table of Contents

List of maps
General Editor's preface
Preface
Glossary
List of abbreviations
Chronology of events
Introduction 1
1 Community, nation and the British Raj 9
2 Indian ideas and new senses of community 32
3 Spreading the word: communicating new senses of identity 60
4 Anjumans, associations and sabhas: the institutionalisation of new senses of community 86
5 The politicisation of community identities 111
6 Nationalism, communal, and ethnic identities and the partition of India 134
7 Nation building in India: ideas and institutions 162
8 Nation building in Pakistan: ideas and institutions 196
9 Globalisation and the nation state in the subcontinent 223
10 Ethno-nationalism, insurgency and secessionism in India and Pakistan 252
Conclusion 283
Appendix 287
Bibliography 290
Index 307
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